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Symptoms of tennis elbow include pain and tenderness, usually on the outer side of your elbow. This is caused by the tendons from your forearm muscle becoming inflamed or irritated. You may experience pain on gripping small objects (for example when writing), and when lifting, bending or twisting the arm. While painful, there are no long-term effects.

Treatment includes rest and support, medication (anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and pain) and physiotherapy.

Although surgery is uncommon it is an option if the condition persists.

What happens during tennis elbow release?

Tennis elbow release is usually performed under general or increasingly under local anaesthetic. The procedure usually takes 15-30 minutes.

Your surgeon will make an incision (cut) along your arm near your elbow. They will inspect the point where your tendon attaches to bone. The method your consultant uses to release the area will depend on your own situation and may include:

  • Cutting (releasing) the tendon
  • Repairing or reattaching any tears in the tendon
  • Removing tissue or bone spurs (lumps)

Your wound will be closed using stitches or staples and be covered by a dressing. Your arm will be in a sling. We will give you pain relief medication. Be sure and let a member of our healthcare team know if you are in any discomfort.

Tennis elbow release is usually performed as a day case meaning you can go home the day of your procedure.

Going home after tennis elbow release

You will not be able to drive for at least one week. Please arrange for someone to drive you home following your surgery.

Continue to take any pain relief medication as long as you need it. Keep your dressing and wound clean and dry for 3-5 days. In 10-14 days you may need to return to have your stitches or staples removed. If your wound is dry and completely healed at that time you can then start taking baths.

We will arrange for you to have physiotherapy. This is a very important part of your recovery. Depending on the extent of your surgery it may take up to 4-6 months before you can return to any sport activities.

You should discuss any return to work with your consultant.

Most patients return to normal activities following tennis elbow release. With any surgery there can be complications including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Reaction to anaesthetic

Specific complications of tennis elbow release:

  • Nerve damage
  • Stiffness
  • No change in symptoms
  • Arthritis
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good
Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
Overall rating Good
Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
Overall rating Good
Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
Overall rating Outstanding
Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SY

01242 246 552
Overall rating Good
Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
Overall rating Good
Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
Overall rating Good
Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
Overall rating Good
Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
Overall rating Good
Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555 800
Overall rating Good
Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
Overall rating Good
Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
Overall rating Good
Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

Enquiries 0300 1311419
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

Enquiries 0300 1311416
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
Overall rating Good
Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
Overall rating Outstanding
Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 427971
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Wessex  

Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
Overall rating Good
Woking  

Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

Switchboard 01483 227800
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Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 793 269
Overall rating Good
York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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